Sunday, October 29, 2017

Step-by-Step: Managing Windows 2008 in Windows Server 2012 Server Manager

In order to prepare 2008 and 2008 R2 servers to be managed by a 2012 server you must first install certain packages and hotfixes.

  1. As a prerequisite, you'll need to install:
    1. .NET Framework 4.5 if you are using a Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview to manage the other servers.
    2. .NET Framework 4 if you are using a Windows Server 2012 to manage the other servers.
  2. Download: Download and Install the Windows Management Framework:
    1. Windows Management Framework 4.0 if you are using a Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview to manage the other servers.
    2. Windows Management Framework 3.0 if you are using a Windows Server 2012 to manage the other servers.
  3. Hotfix: In order to enable server manager to retrieve Performance Counters from Windows Server 2008 SP2 or Windows Server 2008 R2 servers, the following hotfix needs to in installed:
    1. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2682011

Now that we are done with the prerequisites we need to configure the servers to be managed.

  1. To enable Server Manager remote management on Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview or Windows Server 2012 right-click on the PowerShell icon and select "Run as Administrator" and run the following command
    1. Configure-SMRemoting.exe –Enable
  2. To enable Server Manager and Windows PowerShell remote management on older operating systems (2008 & 2008 R2)
    1. Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned
    2. Configure-SMRemoting.ps1 -force –enable
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Add the target server to the Windows Server 2012 console

Now that the servers are configured you only need to add them to your Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2 Preview console.
1- Right-Click “All Servers” in the server manager console and select “Add Servers”.
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2- Follow the prompts and add your target server to the console.
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Now you can manage most of your servers in one console.

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